Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon not surprisingly cleared waivers last week meaning he can be traded to any team if general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. can find a deal. Unfortunately for Amaro, his demands seem to be a bit off-putting for other team executives. The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo quotes one American League official as saying, "Phillies are just unreasonable in their demands. When they get a bit more realistic, I think Papelbon will move, but that may not happen until the end of the month."
Papelbon, 33, made headlines three weeks ago when he said he wanted out of Philadelphia. He told reporters, "Some guys want to stay on a losing team? That's mind-boggling to me. I think that's a no-brainer (to want to leave)." One local reporter asked Papelbon, 'So you'd like to be pitching for a contender later [in July]?' to which the closer responded. “Of course, man. What kind of question is that?”
Then it surfaced two weeks ago that he would only waive his no-trade clause if he was going to be traded to a team where he would be a closer. But Papelbon seems content in Philadelphia because Amaro reassured Papelbon that the Phillies would be contenders again.
"Ruben had promised me that, going forward, we were still going to compete and, no matter what it took to put a winning product on the field, he was going to do it,” Papelbon told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com. “If he could trade me and the trade was right for both the Phillies and the other ball club, then a trade could happen. But if it wasn’t right for the Phillies, he wasn’t going to do it. At the same time, he also promised me that we were going to compete year after year and there’s no rebuilding here with the Phillies. So that was a big boost for me."
Papelbon is 2-2 with a 1.64 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP with 27 saves in 49 games for the Phillies this season. In two and a half seasons with the Phillies, he is 12-9 with a 2.39 ERA and a 1.03 with 94 saves in 180 games.
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